King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and other members of the Royal Family hosted several members of the Spanish Olympic delegation before their departure for London.
The King recalled the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the strength of Spanish teams.
During a speech at El Pardo Palace near his own residence at Zarzuela, King Juan Carlos told the athletes that qualifying alone was a great accomplishment.
“Yours is a great responsibility and I am sure you will rise to it,” said His Majesty.
Members of the Royal Family are wrapping up their official agenda before heading to Marivent Palace in Mallorca for vacations.
Even though other commitments kept the family away from the King’s Cup regatta in Mallorca, which was held earlier than usual this year because of the Olympics, Prince Felipe’s presence at the awards ceremony added a sense of normalcy to the event, Hola noted.